God' Not DeadHave you seen the movie, God’s Not Dead yet? It is a story of a young college student, Josh Wheaton, who is challenged by an atheist professor to declare God is dead. When the student refuses to do so, the professor tells him he’d better be prepared to debate and defend his position and if he fails to do so, he fails the class.

This picture is very exciting for Riverstone Church, because our worship pastor, Daniel Bashta, wrote the theme song. It was first made popular by David Crowder. He discovered it on Youtube and played it for the first time at a Passion conference. It was then picked up by The Newboys. Originally titled Like A Lion, the Danielsong has taken the world by storm, propelling Daniel’s music career along with it. The song, as Daniel says,

…is all about the roar.”

fierce lionIt’s a warfare song, about the battle between good and evil, a story that has been raging since the beginning of time, and a desire to see revival birthed. This battle rages in the movie and it is a battle we face each and every day of our lives.

What if you were Josh? Would you be bold enough to take on your professor or someone else? Would you be able to defend your faith and debate an individual who so strongly opposes you?

1 Peter 3:14-16 says,

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.

You may have made it through college without having your faith challenged, yet it still could be. Are you ready? Are you prepared to defend your faith in love?

An argument never assured anyone into the Kingdom. It is only by sharing your heart, in gentleness and respect, that others will be drawn to your message.

Take time to determine how you would handle the situation, if challenged; then when it happens, you won’t be caught off guard, stammering around. In life, there may not be a second chance. Be ready to unlock your roar.